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Friday 28th August - We may have actually met up (on pretty much the only weekend we were allowed to)

Ben Bateson
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It wouldn't have been right to fritter away Becky's 'big birthday' weekend on Skype. And, given that she enjoyed playing games at MY birthday last year almost as much as I had, gaming was part of our weekend plans. Somewhat restricted weekend plans, admittedly, but we did the best we could. We bent the Covid rules as much as possible and invited Dave and Tony over, as well as Becky's friends Lucy and Kiri. Lucy has a particular flair for games, as we were to find out.

We started with Mysterium and I volunteered myself as the ghost, forgetting the golden rule that Tony and I - while we have a lot in common - are utterly disparate at 'interpretation of pictures' games. While he struggled to interpret 'frying pan' out of lots of dreamy images of food, iron and circular things, everyone else was generally leaping up the scale of guesses, with Dave making inspired progess in the first three rounds and nailing his suspect with time to spare. Sadly, we couldn't get everyone finished, and the combined team fell a bit short of guessing the final suspect, despite the fact that Tony's neurons had suddenly sprung to life and interpreted everything else in my final bundle of clues correctly.

Moving onto something slightly more serious, we broke out Libertalia. Lucy and Kiri were understandably a little bemused at first, but warmed to their task nicely, with Kiri putting together quite the bijou little night-time combo in the first week. Dave was also baffled, which is odd because he's played it several times before, but sometimes his neurons are on a go-slow as well. Lucy put together a massive Week 2 and we couldn't catch her in the last round. Especially not me, given that I finished dead last with weekly scores of 23-0-25.

Becky is a bit suspicious of any games that involve words, but we coerced her into a game of Just One anyway. It was...er...not a great success. We were utterly hopeless at it, a matter exacerbated by Tony reading the wrong clue off one card and writing NUN as a clue for 'blue' while the rest of us were trying to provide clues for 'squib'. The others wrote off the final round in favour of writing a rude message to me while I had my eyes shut.

Standard birthday silliness to finish, in the form of Cockroach Salad (wherein Kiri beat me with just one card left and Dave demonstrate Ian-like ineptness) and several rounds of Dobble (I vaguely remember Dave, Becky and Kiri winning a round each but I'd had a lot of wine by then).

It was good to see the chaps briefly, just before we get thrust back into lockdown and another few months of Skype games.
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